Johannes Britz is Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Professor in the School of Information Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, USA. Prior to becoming the interim Provost (2010) and permanent Provost (2012), he served as Dean of the School of Information Studies (2005-2010) and also had the duty of 'double dean' by being appointed as the interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences in 2008-2009, while serving as the Dean of the School of Information Studies.
Dr. Britz holds two doctoral degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is co-editor of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) and serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. He is a member of the advisory board of the International Research Foundation for Development and he is a member of national and international committees in Higher Education. He is a member of the South African Academy for Science and Art.
Dr. Britz has broad international experience both as a researcher and consultant. Dr. Britz has a very specific interest in social justice and information poverty and works primarily in Africa on these topics. He is the author and co-author of more than 100 scholarly publications. He has acted as a consultant for a number of African governments as well as private sector firms. He played a key role in the development of Information Ethics in Africa. In recognition of his work he was acknowledged as a finalist for the Ethics award by the World Technology Forum.